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Old February 4th, 2008, 07:38 PM   #1
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i have a dana 60 from a 79 f-250 that im installing in my ranger. would i be better off welding the spiders and if i break something ill have to replace the whole carrier or should i just suck it up and spend the 150 bucks on a spool.?
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Old February 4th, 2008, 07:42 PM   #2
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weld it, if you do it good no breaky
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Old February 4th, 2008, 07:58 PM   #3
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Spool.

I have never been a fan of welding the rear axle.

Just for the simple fact that if/when it brakes you make a mess.

If you spool it then you have to brake the carrier or spool to have problems. I am speculating but I would think that the weld would brake before the spool or carrier would.

With that said tons of people have welded rears wth no problem. I just prefer to do the spool.
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Old February 4th, 2008, 08:02 PM   #4
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spool it.
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just weld the spiders together, dont weld them to the carrier, that way if it breaks, u dont need a new carrier..
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Old February 4th, 2008, 08:04 PM   #6
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If you plan on keeping it long term, spool it. Welding is great if you are on a tight budget but you need to make sure you do it right.
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yeah. i haven't had a problem welding my 8.8. i just figured i am only running a 4.0 v6 in my ranger so i dont think i have the power to break anything if weld it. oh just to let ya know im putting the 60 in the rear and the 44 in front they are 3/4 ton axles. a little bit excessive?
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Weld it. im welded front and rear. Use some 7018 and it will be fine
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Weld it, then if it breaks, buy a spool.
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Weld it, but before you do, heat the spider gears with a torch till they are red hot, then weld the hot metal. I've done it this way and have never had a problem. It insures good weld strength in the hardened gears.
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full spool it, welding it is wacky...
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